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The day Clayton was born I was 8 days away from turning 21...and yes- even my husband has a birthday in July! Needless to say, I was the first one in my circles of friends to be married & have a baby. I was so nervous & anxious my whole pregnancy about if I'd be able to be a good mom.
I remember being pregnant and although I was excited I was sure I'd still need a "real job" & so I went on maternity leave rather than quitting out right. We didn't need the money, but I thought I'd need the time away.
But the week before I was supposed to return to work- I knew I couldn't. Even a few days a week was too much away from my new favorite person. I'm pretty sure my boss saw it coming, though. And so here I am 19 months later- still infatuated with a little boy whole stole my heart.
I get asked by my friends how I like being a Stay-At-Home-Mom, and I tell them I love it. Somedays are harder than others, but I believe there is nothing more precious than being able to raise our little ones. I am so grateful that my husband is blessed with a great job that allows me to not have to work. And I wish every mom could do the same. He teaches me to be patient, to find joy in the little things, to slow down, to explore, to laugh and to not be so serious.
So am I a good mom? I like to think so. Am I a perfect mom? Far from it, but everyday I try my best to love & care for Clayton as our Heavenly Father would.
I didn't know I'd love being a full-time mom as much as I do or as young as I am. But I do. And it's just as simple as that.
photography by Wendy Larson of Stem & Leaf